National Class Action Certified for Canadians Injured by Contact Lens Solution

    VANCOUVER, May 28 /CNW/ - In a judgment just released, Mr. Justice Butler
of the British Columbia Supreme Court has certified a national class action
for Canadians injured by COMPLETE All-In-One Contact Lens Care Solution. The
product was recalled from the Canadian market on May 28, 2007 following
reports linking it to a serious eye infection known as acanthamoeba keratitis.
The case was brought by Trina Chalmers and Michelle Hutton who were both
infected with this disease after using the contact lens solution. The class
action was certified against the manufacturers of the product, Advanced
Medical Optics, Inc. and AMO Canada Company. Ms. Chalmers underwent six months
of round the clock treatments with harsh chemicals in effort to eradicate the
infection. Ms. Hutton lost vision in her right eye due to the infection.
    Acanthamoeba keratitis is a parasitical infection. Its symptoms may
include eye pain or redness, blurred vision, light sensitivity, sensation of
something in the eye or excessive tearing. Acanthamoeba keratitis may lead to
vision loss, or even loss of the eye, with some patients requiring a corneal
transplant. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control recorded 32 cases of
Acanthamoeba keratitis in the province between January 2005 and May 2008, with
a spike in cases coinciding with the marketing of the Defendants' product. In
Ontario, Toronto Western Hospital also recorded a spike in cases, with 41
cases diagnosed at just one hospital over a similar period. The total number
of cases across Canada is unknown. Health Canada has recorded 90 complaints of
adverse effects related to the contact lens solution.
    Ms. Chalmers and Ms. Hutton are represented by the Vancouver class action
firm, Klein Lyons. Their lawyer, David Klein, says "Our clients are very
pleased with the court's decision. It has been exactly two years now since
this product was recalled. Canadians rely upon drug companies to ensure that
their products are safe and effective. Acanthamoeba keratitis is a very
painful and debilitating disease. It is time for the Defendants to compensate
Canadians who have been injured by this product. The decision of Mr. Justice
Butler clears the way for Trina and Michelle, and other Canadians like them,
to bring this case to trial."

    Klein Lyons is one of Canada's most experienced class action law firms in
a broad range of areas including pharmaceuticals, defective products and
commercial litigation.

For further information:

For further information: David Klein, Klein Lyons, Barristers and
Solicitors, Suite 1100, 1333 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., Tel: (604)
874-7171, Fax: (604) 874-7180, web:

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